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March 23, 2019

"This week, the Trump administration brought America’s attention to a longstanding problem plaguing college campuses across the nation: the left’s sustained assault on free speech. Across the country, far too many conservative students are undermined, silenced, and even physically attacked as a result of the toxic culture on our campuses today.

"...President Trump signed an Executive Order to withhold federal research funding from universities that fail to support free speech on campus. When he announced the move during his CPAC address, the President highlighted Hayden Williams, a student who was physically attacked for recruiting for a conservative organization while on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. "...The President’s Executive Order is an important step toward enforcing what these universities should have been doing all along: promoting free speech and encouraging diversity of thought as they conduct their research. "This toxic culture comes at a cost. It stifles free expression and critical thinking. It encourages students to tailor their work to the views of their instructors. It eliminates the debates and discourse that have always been a critical part of the college experience. "Prominent conservatives continue to be protested, barred or disinvited from speaking on campus – even Republican members of Congress. And when the mobs fail to derail the events, protesters try to de-platform them instead. Speakers have been forced to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for security, all because they dare to publicly express ideas that differ from some students, professors, and school administrators’ beliefs. "With this new Executive Order, the Trump administration is making it clear that federal dollars will only go to institutions that are equally committed to upholding an inalienable, constitutional right: the right to freedom of speech for every single American. Our students are our future, and we owe it to them to set them up for success."

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